Denver Broncos Betting Tips – Broncos Go All-In With Manning Under Center
The Denver Broncos completed one of the most incredible turnarounds in NFL history a year ago, going from last in the AFC West to first, winning a division title, and then upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers at Mile High in the opening round of the playoffs.
Tim Tebow was the quarterback in Denver then, however, with four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning a free agent the team decided to do whatever they needed to in order to sign him as their starter, and once the deal was done Tebow was sent to New York. The transition from the beginning of last season to the beginning of this one is pretty incredible, and there will be a lot riding on the sports betting decisions the Broncos’ management made.
Head Coach: John Fox
Offensive Coordinator: Mike McCoy
Defensive Coordinator: Jack Del Rio
Owner: Pat Bowlen
Stadium: Invesco Field at Mile High
Super Bowl Wins: 2
Manning will take over under center, and the entire Denver offense will change. The option reads, quarterback draws, and short passes that dominated the Broncos’ offense will be scratched out and replaced by a versatile playbook that Manning is comfortable with, and the future Hall of Fame passer will be given every opportunity to do what is necessary to succeed. How well Manning’s health holds up in the high altitude and cold weather after four neck surgeries will be a major factor in Denver’s success, and he will benefit from playing behind one of the best offensive lines in the AFC. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is seen as a rising star at his position, and there is good depth with Eric Decker, Andre Caldwell, Matthew Willis, and Manning’s old friend Brandon Stokley. After reaching the Pro Bowl a year ago, running back Willis McGahee should have a lighter load, but that could actually help improve his sportsbook numbers overall.
Grade: B +
While the Broncos lose a talented defensive coordinator in Dennis Allen, they have done an excellent job finding his replacement with former Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach Jack Del Rio set to take over that position. Del Rio is known as an aggressive play-caller capable of getting the most out of his players, and when you consider the talent at his disposal with players such as Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil, and Robert Ayers, it is scary to think about what the Denver pass rush will be able to do. Middle linebacker Joe Mays isn’t the biggest defender, but he does an excellent job of fighting to get to the ball, and should be fine in the middle once again, with DJ Williams using his speed on the weak side. The Broncos added free agent cornerback Tracy Porter to start opposite Champ Bailey, which will allow Del Rio to be even more aggressive up front. Mike Adams and Quinton Carter are expected to start at the safety positions.
Grade: A -
Kicker Matt prater and punter Britton Colquitt have the advantage of kicking in the thin air at the high elevation in Denver, and it showed when Prater led the NFL in touchbacks and was solid from long distance on field goals. One of the Broncos’ biggest needs heading in to camp will be finding return men for both the kickoff and punt units, with Decker and Cassius Vaughan among the favorites to take those roles.
Grade: B +
Manning and the Broncos will be thrown in to the fire immediately, with four of their first five games against teams that were in the playoffs a year ago. That will prevent Manning from having much time to get used to his offense in actual game situations, and if Denver slides early, it could be a tough climb back to .500. Manning will need to stay healthy, the defense will have to take another step forward, and the Broncos will need to take care of their own business in their division to be in contention for a playoff spot come December, and that is a long betting sites list of things that must go right.
Projected Record: 8-8 (2nd in AFC West)
Week 1 - vs. Pittsburgh (8:20 PM ET)
Week 2 - at Atlanta (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Week 3 - vs. Houston (4:15 PM ET)
Week 4 - vs. Oakland (4:05 PM ET)
Week 5 - at New England (4:15 PM ET)
Week 6 - at San Diego (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Week 7 - BYE WEEK
Week 8 – vs. New Orleans (8:20 PM ET)
Week 9 – at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET)
Week 10 – at Carolina (1:00 PM ET)
Week 11 – vs. San Diego (4:15 PM ET)
Week 12 – at Kansas City (1:00 PM ET)
Week 13 – vs. Tampa Bay (4:05 PM ET)
Week 14 – at Oakland (Thursday, 8:20 PM ET)
Week 15 – at Baltimore (1:00 PM ET)
Week 16 – vs. Cleveland (4:05 PM ET)
Week 17 – vs. Kansas City (4:15 PM ET)